REPORT: Muslim groups ask Gates foundation to rescind honor to Indian prime minister

TheHill.com:

A coalition of Muslim and human rights organizations called on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to cancel its plans to award Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi its Global Goalkeeper Award, citing Modi’s controversial revocation of the Kashmir region’s special status.

In a presidential order in August, Modi announced plans to partition the region in half and revoke the constitutional article giving Kashmir autonomy, which his critics call an illegal attempt to dilute the Muslim majority’s political power in the region.

The article goes on to state the following:

The letter also cites Modi’s associations with Hindu nationalists and the revocation of 1.9 million Bengali-speaking Muslims’ citizenship in the state of Assam, as well as his government’s backing of a citizenship bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for Hindu, Buddhist and Christian migrants from neighboring countries but not Muslims.

The article provided the following response from the Gates Foundation:

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is receiving an award at the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the progress India is making in improving sanitation, as part of its drive toward achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sanitation is a key factor in improving the health and well-being of millions of people, especially women and children.”

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